An International Journal

ISSN: 1363-951X

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Journal history

Previously published as Police Studies and incorporating American Journal of Police
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Editorial objectives

Interdisciplinary and wide-ranging in scope, the journal covers the latest research on all topics germane to policing that focus on theory, policy, and/or practice. Policing is a 'generalist' journal, and one that provides readers with a truly global and comparative perspective. Empirical articles are supplemented by 'state of the art' reviews on topical issues.

This journal is for those concerned with achieving greater effectiveness in policing and law enforcement. The worldwide readership includes academics teaching and researching in this field as well as law enforcement professionals and policy makers.

Papers published in Policing are double blind peer-reviewed. For more details about Emerald's approach to Publication Ethics; please refer to the company guidelines.

See the winners of 2015's Awards for Excellence for the journal here

See the current Special Issue call for papers on the topics of Police Legitimacy, Policing and School Safety, and Current Issues in Police Integrity


  • Community policing
  • Managerial styles and leadership
  • Performance measurement and accountability
  • Pursuit guidelines
  • Crime trends and analysis
  • Crisis negotiation
  • Civil disorder
  • Organized crime
  • Victimology
  • Crime prevention
  • Career development
  • High risk police activities
  • Routine policing
  • Traffic enforcement
  • Civil litigation. 

Policing: An International Journal is indexed and abstracted in:

Academic Seach Alumni Edition, Alerting Services®(ISI), Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, Criminal Justice Abstracts (NCJRS), Criminal Justice Periodical Index, Current Contents®: Social and Behavioural Sciences (ISI), National Criminal Justice Reference Service, Sage Urban Studies Abstracts, Sage Violence and Abuse Abstracts, Scopus,  Social Sciences Citation Index® (ISI), Social SciSearch®(ISI), SocINDEX(tm), TOC Premier, zetoc

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This journal is a member of and subscribes to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics. More on Emerald's approach is available in our Publication Ethics guidelines.

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